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Women’s Studies Fall Film Festival
Focuses on Women’s Bodies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2005) The University of Kentucky Women’s Studies Program is offering three films in its Fall 2005 Film Series focused on Women’s Bodies: Culture, Politics and Health. All films will take place in the Gaines Center’s Bingham-Davis House at 218 Maxwell St. and will be followed by commentary and discussion by a professor or student at the university.

“Writing Desire” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. “Writing Desire” explores the impact of the Internet on the global circulation of women’s bodies from the third world to the first world. Although under-age Philippine “pen pals” and post-Soviet mail-order brides have been part of the transnational exchange of sex in the post-colonial and post-Cold War marketplace before the digital age, the Internet has accelerated these transactions. Commentary and discussion will be led by Baishakhi Banerjee, a sociology doctoral student from India who is completing her dissertation on the victimization of immigrant women in intimate partner relationships.

“Senorita Extraviada/Missing Young Woman” will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. “Senorita Extraviada/Missing Young Woman” tells the story of the hundreds of kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juarez, Mexico. The murders came to light in 1993 and young women continue to “disappear” without any hope of bringing their perpetrators to justice. Commentary and discussion will be led by Freancie Chassen-Lopez, professor of Latin American history whose research focuses on Mexico and gender in Latin America.

“The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: The Hottentot Venus” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. When 20-year-old Sara Baartman got on a boat to take her from Cape Town to London in 1810, she could not have known that she would never see her home again. Nor could she have known that she would become the icon of racial inferiority and black female sexuality for the next 100 years. Commentary and discussion will be led by Yolanda Pierce, associate professor of English, who specializes in African-American literature and gender studies. She recently coordinated “Black Women and the Body,” a conference held in March 2005.

All films are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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